>> i'm one of your middle class americans, and, quite frankly, i'm exhausted. i'm exhausted of defending you. >> reporter: the president's only held one town meeting this year while romney's held 23. today the republican holed up with advisers at his home in belmont, massachusetts, working to finesse his debate style hoping to avoid moments like this from 1992 when president george h.w. bush was caught glancing at his watch. romney has had notable fumbles when hanging with real people. >> i'm also unemployed. >> reporter: joking, for instance, that he, a multimillionaire, is unemployed. of course, diane, many voters made their choice because of early voting and absentee ballots. take a look at this picture of first lady michelle obama with her absentee ballot signed, sealed and delivered to chicago. our poll says a full third of likely voters will vote before election day. >> it is already under way. thank you, jake, and jake and george stephanopoulos and the entire political team will be right here tomorrow night, "one on one, the candidates debate,"